As they say, start expecting and you’ll end up disappointed.
Let me ask you all this: how the hell is Houtarou supposed to know what Hongou wants? Not sure if this was rubbing anyone else the wrong way but I was getting pissed while Satoshi, Mayaka and Eru told him of how the movie wasn’t done the way Hongou wanted. I know that my reactions may be somewhat baseless and irrational but damn, cut the guy a break! Heck, even he beat himself up for being wrong for once. Holy hell!
While much of my frustrations were within the first seven minutes of the episode, the rest proved to be pretty eye-opening. Indeed, the biggest mystery had to be about Hongou herself. There were small hints of who she is and what her mystery background consists of but they were hard to put together without some serious detective work. While he may not have cut out to be one for the film, he did manage to salvage whatever honor and confidence he had left in learning about Irisu’s conniving mischief. And after that, he explained to the always curious Eru in his usual tone about how Hongou may have envisioned the project, shifting away from being his own scriptwriter.
What really saved the episode, and the arc, was the inclusion of that tarots again. I like it when every loose end is wrapped up and when an outside reference isn’t gone to waste like a passing idea. Obviously this was the turning point as he was getting down on himself for being the scriptwriter himself, for not including all the props properly and for using the wrong trick in the movie. Even after things settled down and Irisu’s plans were revealed, I still didn’t like how everyone’s expectations of Houtarou decided how he should handle someone else’s problems. Inheriting a problem is one thing, but to rediscover and reinterpret that problem for someone else’s sake is chock full of unnecessary energy expenditure.
GO Rating: 2.5/5
I’m curious: how would you have written my thoughts on this episode for me?